THE West Australian Government last week called for expressions of interest for three freeway upgrade projects, which aim to address congestion hotspots on Perth's road network and form part of a $2.3 billion package of road and rail projects announced in May.
Included in the request for expressions of interest are the following freeway upgrades:
- Kwinana Freeway northbound widening - Russell Road to Roe Highway;
- Kwinana Freeway northbound Smart Freeway upgrade - Farrington Road to Narrows Bridge; and
- Mitchell Freeway southbound widening - Cedric Street to Vincent Street.
In the southern suburbs, the two Kwinana Freeway upgrades will cover about 22 kilometres from Russell Road in Success to the Narrows Bridge in South Perth.
Perth's first Smart Freeway on the Kwinana Freeway will create an additional lane from the Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge through the use of smart technology.
The project will be complemented with ramp signals at Farrington Road, South Street, Leach Highway and Cranford Avenue to balance the flow of traffic onto the freeway.
The technology components of this project will work together to deliver journey time improvements for road users on the Kwinana Freeway as far south as Roe Highway.
Construction is expected to start in late 2018 with an aimed completion of late 2019 or early 2020.
Meanwhile, the Kwinana Freeway will be widened from two to three lanes between Russell Road and Roe Highway, with construction due to start in mid-2018, and completion around mid-2019.
In Perth's northern suburbs, an additional lane will be created for seven kilometres of the Mitchell Freeway southbound from Cedric Street to Vincent Street, resulting in four continuous lanes between Erindale Road and Vincent Street.
This project will reduce merging bottlenecks, improving congestion and safety along this stretch of freeway.
Construction is expected to start in mid-2018, with completion by the end of 2019.